World Spine Day

16 October 2021



About World Spine Day

World Spine Day, held on 16 October, is an annual health initiative aiming to encourage good spinal health habits.

First held in 2008, World Spine Day is organised by the World Federation of Chiropractic, of which the ACA is the Australian member.  Over 600 official organisations worldwide support this initiative each year.

World Spine Day aims to encourage people to look after their spines and stay active through the promotion of physical activity, good posture, responsible lifting and healthy working conditions.


The theme for World Spine Day 2021 is ‘Back2Back’, reflecting the need to reset and refocus on spinal pain and disability as part of the global burden of disease. With the world’s focus on battling a global pandemic, other important health issues can easily be overlooked. With an estimated 540 million people in the world suffering with low back pain at any one time, it remains the leading cause of years lived with disability.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) reports that musculoskeletal conditions contribute to 13% of Australia’s total burden of disease experienced, and over one-third of the disease burden is potentially preventable.

Effective management and prevention is therefore key and this year’s World Spine Day will be encouraging people to take care of their spinal health and overall wellbeing.

Back2Back focuses on highlighting ways in which people can help their spines by staying mobile, avoiding physical inactivity, not overloading their spines and adopting healthy habits such as weight loss and smoking cessation.

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Straighten Up

Australian adults, on average, spend an estimated five hours per day sitting with a quarter of the population sitting for more than eight hours per day. This is likely to have increased over the last 18 months as Australians have spent more time at home during lockdowns and restrictions.

Stretching and performing spinal exercises can help improve spinal health and the way the body functions. Consisting of a set of simple exercises and taking just three minutes to complete, our Straighten Up initiative can help improve posture, stabilise core muscle groups, enhance health and prevent spinal disability.

Straighten Up

Just Start Walking

The Department of Health recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week, however 56% of all Australians are not sufficiently physically active.
Walking can help increase heart and lung fitness, muscle strength and endurance and contributes to a naturally upright posture.

The Just Start Walking initiative is designed to prompt people around Australia to, quite simply, just start walking.

Just Start Walking

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Visiting an ACA chiropractor is key in helping Australians get Back2Back this World Spine Day. The ultimate goal for each of our public engagement campaigns is that ‘more Australians value and experience chiropractic care for their health and wellbeing’.

As chiropractors are trained to provide lifestyle advice to improve a patient’s overall health and wellbeing, the overarching message of the campaign and call to action will be to visit an ACA chiropractor and to create an action plan to reset and refocus on spinal health, including diet, exercise, sleeping and stretching.

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